Jan 26 2012, 09:46:01 -08:00 PST - Jan 26 2012, 11:06:52 -08:00 PST
From -> To Message Moderator -> Everyone Hello everyone. We will begin promptly at noon, CDT. Please begin submitting your questions now. George -> Everyone Cant wait to get started. The team is making me wait until noon. Looking forward to answering all your questions. Moderator -> Everyone Welcome to our Live Chat! We are excited to be here and answer any questions you may have about the Chicago Booth MBA, the Admissions process, and the application process. Humberto -> Everyone Welcome to our live chat! My name is Humberto Freda and I'm the Assistant Director of Admissions in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs here at Chicago Booth. We are looking forward to answering your questions today, so fire away! Gretchen -> Everyone Welcome. My name is Gretchen Cooper and I am the Director of Admissions for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs. Ask away! Arm yourself with information today so you can work on the application this weekend. Katie -> Everyone Welcome Everybody! This is Katie Coogan. We are ready to answer your questions and share some about our Booth culture. Kara -> Everyone Welcome to our online chat! I am Kara Northcutt, and I look forward to answering your questions about Booth's Part Time MBA programs and the application process. Beth -> Everyone Thanks for joining us today. My name is Beth and I'm the Assistant Director of Admissions. Please ask all of your application related questions - I'm here to help! vic -> Katie Hi. Id like to know the dates to apply for summer? Katie -> vic Vic-The Evening MBA, Summer deadline is April 6th at 11:59pm. However, you can apply anytime between now and then as we are on rolling admissions. We will get you an admissions decision in 4-6 weeks. Burli -> Gretchen what would be the ideal GMAT score for a candidate aspiring for Chicago booth. Katie -> vic Burlik, Burli -> Gretchen what would be the ideal GMAT score for a candidate aspiring for Chicago booth. Katie -> vic Burlik, Saeed -> George Good day. Although I'm primarily intending on applying to the Evening MBA Program, I've recently engaged in dialogue with colleagues whom have mentioned the Executive Program. Considering the availability of courses for all MBA programs and receipt of the same degree upon graduation, can you offer any insight as to why one would consider the Executive program over the Evening program (or vice versa)? Thanks. George -> Saeed I would take executive for one reason. If you are someone who wants to understand the business of language enough to be able to hold conversations outside your functional area of expertise, it is great. It is truly a general management program. You don't get to pick what class you take, they are provided to you in a sequence that is laid out to maximize your learning. The evening program is built to allow you to focus on any given area that you want to develop a specialty in. You get to choose what classes you want, when you want and from whom you want. It the epitome of flexibility. In the XP program you will get a little of everything, in the E/W you get more of whatever you choose, you can focus on one area, or sample everything, but you choose. Sam -> Kara what specific challenges would an applicant aged 32 and above may face for getting into Booth, compared against average aged candidate of similar caliber? Kara -> Sam Hi Sam, I hope all is well! There is no need to be worried about your age. The average age for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA is usually 29-30, and the range is very wide. Your age will in no way negatively impact your chances of getting into Booth. We hope you apply soon! Tarun -> Beth What are the maximum number of classes a student can take in a quarter in a weekend program? Is it 2 or 3? Beth -> Tarun Most of our weekend students take two classes on Saturday, one at 9am and one at 1:30pm. If your schedule permits, you are welcome to take classes during the week if your schedule allows you. vic -> Humberto How much are the fees? Are there scholarships? Humberto -> vic Good question, Vic. Tuition is priced per course and the current rate is $5266. There are also some one-time-only fees that you can find on our website http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/costs.aspx. Unfortunately, scholarships and fellowships are not available to part-time students, which is pretty standard around the country. However, you can apply for loan-based financial aid as a part-time student, and here is some more information on financial aid http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/financialaid.aspx. Dave -> George Is geographical diversity of the applicants factored into the admissions decisions? George -> Dave No. We don't use that as a factor. We don't find it ads to diversity of thought as much as race, sex, background, line of work, extracurricular etc. EMC -> George Does Booth accept the GRE? George -> EMC Yes, if you have already taken it we are glad to accept it. Many of our masters and PhD students have taken it before. If you are thinking about the GRE or GMAT we recommend the GMAT, but we will accept both. Burli -> Kara I have been preparing for GMAT for the last 2-3 months. I find myself little difficult with respective verbal section, Any tips or suggestions to improve my verbal will be really helpful. Kara -> Burli Hi Burli, I am happy to read you are preparing for the GMAT! There are a variety of resources you can explore. MBA.com, Kaplan, Manhattan GMAT and Veritas are all test prep organizations that can help you increase your verbal score. Keep in mind that we look primarily at your total score. JJ -> Beth How important is the GMAT score overall in landing an interview for admission to an MBA program? Does an applicant get overlooked automatically if the GMAT score is not in an ideal range, or will the applicants full credentials be reviewed? Beth -> JJ JJ, good question. All applicants are invited to an interview and all applications are reviewed, regardless of their GMAT score. The interview is a great way for us to get to know you. Gretchen -> Everyone Burlik, great question about the GMAT score. We have a wide range of scores for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs, from 550 to 800. The average for the Evening MBA Program is 680 and the average for the Weekend MBA Program is 700. Your highest score is always taken and many of our applicants take the GMAT test more than one time. Good luck. Tarun -> Humberto What are the different electives that are available for the weekend MBA students? Humberto -> Tarun Great question, Tarun. Weekend MBA students have the same curricular requirements as the Full-Time and Evening students. Therefore, elective courses are offered across all three programs over the course of time. You can get a better idea of the types of courses offered at Booth in all MBA programs via our online course search website http://boothportal.chicagobooth.edu/portal/server.pt/community/course_search/205. Jin_Hwan_Kim -> Kara Good afternoon. I had a couple of questions regarding the application itself and then about the process. Starting off, I have my GMAT scores for quantitative and verbal, and their respective percentiles. I know what I received for the AWA section but am not aware of the percentile. Can I leave that blank? Kara -> Jin_Hwan_Kim Jin, I hope all is well! I am happy to read you have taken the GMAT. Yes, you can leave the AWA percentile blank. We will be able to see your full score report when we pull your official scores after you submit your application. We look forward to reviewing your application! MBAprospect -> George What is the number one regret of students after going through either the full-time or part-time program? George -> MBAprospect 1. They wished they would have started earlier so they could have been applying the knowledge earlier in their career. 2. They wish they had taken more general skills classes, negotiations, managing in the work place etc. These are the skills that become more important the longer you are out of school and advance in your career. Students tend to focus on the next job and not think about the body of knowledge needed for a career. Susan -> Beth Hi, thanks for hosting this. I would like to submit a third letter of recommendation with my application � beyond the two that are required. Is that allowed and how to I go about doing that? Beth -> Susan Susan, good question. You are more than welcome to submit a third letter, although it is not required. You can put their information in online and have them send a formal letter. You can also have them send an email letter of submit to our office (email@example.com@chicagobooth.edu) as well. Whatever works best for you! Anar -> George Hello everyone, can I submit a GRE score for the W/E program? George -> Anar Anar, yes. We would be glad to accept your GRE score. Bute -> Beth Hi! I would like to know more about exams. And when I can pass them Beth -> Bute Bute, which exams are you talking about? We required the GMAT. Our average GMAT score for the Evening program is 680 and the average for the Weekend program is 700. That being said, we have a range of 550-800. www.mba.com has some great resources for GMAT test prep. Devin -> Gretchen Are there measurable differences in the successes/successfulness among students who attend from in/around the Chicago area and those who commute in from outside the region? Gretchen -> Devin Devin: Candidates from all over the country look into and apply to Chicago Booth. There are no measurable differences between in state and out of state candidates. We want you to choose the MBA Program at Chicago Booth that is the best fit for you. With the flexibility of the program you will be able to take classes both in the program you applied to and our other programs. bmathew -> Beth I would like to apply for the fall 2012 evening MBA but have yet to take the MBA. the deadline for application is Thursday, June 28 (according to your website). when is the latest I could schedule to take the MBA exam for this application? thanks. Beth -> bmathew bmathew, you can take the GMAT on the last day, if you would like. I recommend first getting the GMAT score you are happy with before applying. That being said, you can self-report your GMAT score directly into the application and our office can review your unofficial scores. Tarun -> Kara Are there options available for weekend student to go abroad for a course for international exposure? If so how long is the course? Kara -> Tarun Tarun, I hope all is well! Yes, you are certainly able to study abroad as a Weekend MBA student. We offer short term study abroad options in Brazil, Austria, China, Israel, Germany and France. These programs are 2-3 weeks in length and count as one of your 20 courses. We receive great feedback about the programs, and I strongly encourage you to study abroad while in the MBA program. Lukasz -> Beth Greetings, I am applying to the Fall 2012 part-time evening program. My application is almost complete and I will submit within the next few days. Are interviews for fall 2012 conducted immediately after application submission or will I have to wait until the deadline in June before I can interview? Beth -> Lukasz Lukasz, once you submit your application, our office will contact you to schedule your interview. Depending on your schedule, we can bring you in within a few days. You do not need to wait until the June deadline to interview. Also, our office makes decisions on your application within 4-6 weeks. Dave -> Humberto Many thanks for hosting this session.To what extent does the admissions committee factor into their decisionmaking the fact that an applicant is applying exclusively to and has very specific interest in Booth? Humberto -> Dave You're welcome, Dave, and thanks for submitting a question! It will not impact your application if you are applying only to Booth or to other institutions or programs, as well. We will admit the most qualified applicants, regardless of their interest in other programs. Eric_P -> George Describe Booth's ideal blend of diversity. What do you hope to accomplish? George -> Eric_P No two people who would approach a problem the same way. The true learning in an MBA is how to think. If you can learn from others how they approach a problem and have that in your tool box, then when you are facing a problem that you cannot figure out, you can flip it around, turn it upside down and approach it from an entirely different perspective. Modern science is being developed this way. Most new research is the combination of individuals applying their body of knowledge to solve problems in a different sphere. Psychologists working on economics, economists working on bettering the educational outcome of american school children in the inner city etc. Matthew_Packer -> Beth For the weekend application is Canada considered a foreign university and if so is a copy a diploma required? Beth -> Matthew_Packer Matthew, if your institution lists the degree you earned and the date, then you do not need to include a degree certificate. If it does not, we ask that you also include a degree certificate. Anar -> Kara How long does it take to complete the W/E MBA program if a student takes 2 classes every Saturday? Kara -> Anar Anar, If you take two classes every quarter you complete the program in 2.5 years. However, you have 5 years to complete the program. The program is extremely flexible and allows you to take classes at your preferred pace. cyi -> Katie Hello. During my research I found that the average age for part-time MBA students are anywhere from 26 � 29 and the work experience is around 5 � 6 years. I am currently studying for the GMAT now and was planning on applying for fall 2013, in which I would still be younger than the average age with 2 years of work experience. Does this weaken my application in comparison to other applicants? If so, what are your suggestions? Thank you for your help! Katie -> cyi cyi - Your research aligns with some of our averages. Our student body has 5-6 years of full time work experience and the average age is 30. We have students from age 22-62 and welcome applications from those with less than 3 years of work experience. We have a unique program for applicants with less than 3 years called Chicago Business Fellows. CBF is a subset of the Evening MBA and you have access to all the same resources as regular Evening MBA students, plus extra support in the beginning of your MBA. Read more here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/academics/cbf.aspx Alex -> Kara Many Part Time MBA programs require applicants to hold a full time position in that city at the time of application. Is that a requirement for Booth, or are part time applicants given flexibility to find a position upon acceptance to the program? Kara -> Alex Alex, Scott -> Gretchen First time attending a session. Interested in learning about the program in general. Specifically, about the faculty, the demographics of the students, and the expected outcomes. Gretchen -> Scott Scott-We are thrilled that you are interested in Chicago Booth. We hope this Live Chat is just one of your interactions with us. In fact, we invite you to our upcoming Information Session on Friday, 2/3, 6:30-8pm. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/events/openhouses.aspx I would like to hear more about what you would like to get out of the program. You can view more our faculty who bring cutting edge research into the classroom on a daily basis. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/faculty/directory.aspx bmathew -> George do you accept the MCAT? how do you factor the scores is someone takes the GMAT more than once? (ie do you only look at the highest score, take an average, etc.) thanks. George -> bmathew We do not take the MCAT. We have not determined that the skills it measures translates into the skills necessary in our program. For the GMAT we only look at the highest score. We do not average them or such thing. Take it until you can see your score has flattened out. Then quit as you have reached your innate score. Devin -> Beth I'm sure this is on the website, so I apologize, but if one is attempting to make the Feb 12 early decision deadline, does Chicago Booth require that the interview be completed as well? Beth -> Devin Devin, the interview does not need to be completed before the deadline. If you apply either the week of or the day of the deadline, you will be brought in to interview in the following weeks. Burli -> Beth when i signed in for chat. it asked for my email id.. does this conversations be mailed for our future reference? Beth -> Burli Burli, our office posts the chat transcripts online. We do not email them out. Kara -> Everyone Alex, that is a great question. No Booth does not technically require that you remain working while in the program. Keep in mind that the program is designed for working professionals, but there is a lot of flexibility on how students manage their work life while in the program. Anar -> Beth Should we submit a one or two page resume? Does Admissions have a preference? Beth -> Anar Anar, for your admissions interview we ask that you bring a one page resume. For the application, please include a resume which details your work experience. If this means it is over one page, that is not a problem. Christine -> Gretchen Good afternoon, when looking at the applicants GMAT score, do you only look at the whole score, or also the individual competency areas? Gretchen -> Christine Hello Christine, the individual components are reviewed; however the overall score is highly considered. Chicago Booth takes the highest GMAT score and many of our applicants choose to take the test more than one time. Pavan -> George Do you have a range for GRE acceptances as well. What is a decent GRE score to be considered for admission? George -> Pavan HNo, I don't know the range for GRE acceptance. However, if you go on the GRE sight they have a conversion chart that tells you what the GRE-GMAT conversion is. Then you can look to see if your GRE converted GMAT score falls between 620-750. That is how we do it for comparisons sake with all of our GMAT scores. Susan -> Beth Is it possible to request a PDF version of the full application for the Evening MBA Program? I�ve accessed the application online, but would prefer to see the entire application rather than just a section at a time. Beth -> Susan Susan, you can view a preview of your online application at the end but cannot view/answer the entire application in one window. We do not have a PDF version available. Vishy -> George Do you guys have any employment reports of self-sponsored part-time students (similar to what you have for full time students) post MBA? George -> Vishy We are working on it now. We don't have anything at this point, because we have not mandated that students report that. However last quarter we set this up and are collecting the data now. Hao -> Kara Hi, this is Hao. I have a question: Is it possible for evening/weekend program students to attend or join events/clubs for full time students? Kara -> Hao Hao, for the most part yes. However, most full time student group events are during the week in the daytime. We have 37 student groups for our part time students. Most part time student group events take place on Saturday so our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students can all participate. Burli -> Beth I have a bachelor's degree form india and have a total work exp of 6.5 years. Do i still need to take TOEFL or GMAT alone is sufficient to get in to CB Beth -> Burli Burli, you do not need to take the TOEFL if a) you are US citizen or US permanent resident, b) you have earned a degree where the language of instruction was English or c) you have 2+ years of full time work experience in the United States. If you meet one of those requirements, you do not need to submit a TOEFL score. Jon -> Katie Can you please expand on the Chicago Business Fellows program beyond what is already explained on the Chicago Booth website? Also, what recommendations do you have for an MBA candidate pursuing this opportunity with 0-3 years of post-college work experience? Katie -> Jon Jon - Most of the details are on the website. I can share that the Fellows are a close knit group and they socialize after the CBF Seminar on Friday evenings, plan service projects, hold an annual football game, and host a CBF Reunion each Spring. If you are applying to CBF, we want to see that you have a strong academic background and the potential for career growth. Abhijit -> Humberto I am looking at weekend MBA option and will be travelling from South Jersey to Chicago - My question is regarding Booth Venture Challenge (and other such events) - does this event happen over the weekends so that the schedule is conducive to the weekend MBA students? Humberto -> Abhijit Abhijit, great question. Unfortunately, the New Venture Challenge course section has not been offered in the Weekend MBA program, and I am not aware of plans to do so in the near future, since it is difficult to get weekend commitments from the non-Booth participants. However, Weekend MBA students are still able to participate in the New Venture Challenge, assuming they can manage their schedule to attend either the Full-Time or Evening program sections (typically held on Mondays). Outside of that, most of our student programming is offered on Saturdays, so our Weekend MBA students can still take advantage of a majority of programmatic offerings at Booth. Jon -> Katie How many current students at Booth are enrolled in the Chicago Business Fellows program? Also, what is the acceptance rate for CBF? Katie -> Jon 25-35 students enter CBF in the Autumn quarter each year. We do not publish acceptance rates. JJ -> Beth Thanks Beth, I am also wondering about the executive MBA program, are there different admissions requirements for the executive program versus the weekend/evening program? Beth -> JJ JJ, the executive MBA program does have different admissions requirements. You can learn about them at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/execmba/admissions/apply/index.aspx. I would also recommend attending one of their information sessions. Christine -> Kara Are you able to start the part time program with online classes in the summer, and then move to the campus classes in the fall? Beth -> JJ Christine, Booth does not offer any online classes, as we feel the classroom experience at Booth cannot be replicated online. You can take Booth classes before you begin the program as a Graduate Student at Large (GSAL). Up to 3 GSAL classes can transfer into the MBA program. For more info on this, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Arbi -> Gretchen I know part-time students get access to ocr after 1 year and a company waiver. In general, are those part-timers successful in getting jobs through recruiting, or are they at a disadvantage since they're competing against booth full-time students, who are often favored by top finance and consulting firms? Gretchen -> Arbi Arbi: Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students can choose to go through the On Campus Recruiting (OCR) after 12 classes have been completed and having a waiver signed, if applicable. Our part time students who spend time preparing for the interviews and spend time meeting with industry leaders can be very successful in the process. Ben -> George TI have been with several consulting firms (Deloitte, Capstone Advisory) in their financial advisory practice over the past 3-4 years and before that started my own company. I graduated with a BA in History in 2005 from a top University in Canada, and have been working ever since. I have to say I am a completely different person then I was in school. My career has gone places I did not foresee, and I work with some top finance people in our industry. I do not have a high GPA. How can I demonstrate to Booth admissions that I am a different, more focused person, in a career I truly love and am talented at despite my GPA earned 7 years ago? MY bosses at Deloitte all agree that I would thrive attending a top MBA program in the US. George -> Ben Jyou have just done it. You cannot change the past, you can only focus on some aspects of your application. Put together the best essays possible (like you did in your question) and knock the interview out. Sounds like you will have outstanding recommendations and your work will speak for itself. Lastly, you study for the GMAT and try to provide a good score. Finally, you can do one more thing, you can take Booth classes through the Graham School of Continuing education. Up to three of these will then be applied to your MBA when you join us. This is a way to show that you can compete with the current students and handle the work load. It is also a great way to dip the toe to make sure this is the right fit for you. Hope that helps! Ben -> George TI have been with several consulting firms (Deloitte, Capstone Advisory) in their financial advisory practice over the past 3-4 years and before that started my own company. I graduated with a BA in History in 2005 from a top University in Canada, and have been working ever since. I have to say I am a completely different person then I was in school. My career has gone places I did not foresee, and I work with some top finance people in our industry. I do not have a high GPA. How can I demonstrate to Booth admissions that I am a different, more focused person, in a career I truly love and am talented at despite my GPA earned 7 years ago? MY bosses at Deloitte all agree that I would thrive attending a top MBA program in the US. George -> Ben Jyou have just done it. You cannot change the past, you can only focus on some aspects of your application. Put together the best essays possible (like you did in your question) and knock the interview out. Sounds like you will have outstanding recommendations and your work will speak for itself. Lastly, you study for the GMAT and try to provide a good score. Finally, you can do one more thing, you can take Booth classes through the Graham School of Continuing education. Up to three of these will then be applied to your MBA when you join us. This is a way to show that you can compete with the current students and handle the work load. It is also a great way to dip the toe to make sure this is the right fit for you. Hope that helps! Christine -> Humberto Does the Admission panel also include reviewers who have worked in industry and business on the private level, or is it mostly a panel of acedemic reviewers? Humberto -> Christine Great question, Christine. Our Admissions Committee is comprised of not only Booth staff, but also Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students and alumni. So, your application is evaluated by a number of individuals from different backgrounds. Also, your required admissions interview (after submitting your application) will be conducted most likely by a current student or alumni. So, there is definitely input from professionals in the "business world." Bute -> Beth Hi! I have a bachelor in international business from other country. Can I take MBA here? And how about TOEFL Beth -> Bute Bute, yes! You are more than welcome to apply if you have earned your degree from an institution outside the US. Please be sure to include your degree certificate with your mark sheets when you apply. You do not need to take the TOEFL if a) you are US citizen or US permanent resident, b) you have earned a degree where the language of instruction was English or c) you have 2+ years of full time work experience in the United States. If you meet one of those requirements, you do not need to submit a TOEFL score. egarvey -> Beth There is a letter of recommendation form that can be downloaded from the Booth website. Is this form included in the e-mail that gets sent out to our recommenders? Beth -> egarvey egarvey, your recommender receives an email with log-in information to our online site. On the site, they rate various aspects of an individual and then include a written portion. We outline several aspects to discuss in their letter. If your recommenders ever have any questions, they can contact our office directly at email@example.com. Jin_Hwan_Kim -> Gretchen Are students applying from other cities (from New York in my case) handicapped due to the distance from University of Chicago? (I am looking into the part-time MBA program). Gretchen -> Jin_Hwan_Kim Jin_Hwan_Kim: Booth looks for diversity in industry, job fuction, educational background and geography. 86% of our Weekend MBA students are coming in from outside of Illinois. With our Weekend MBA being well-established at 25 years old, we help our students with the logistics of the MBA experience. There is a free shuttle that will pick you up at the airport and bring you to Gleacher Center and take you back to the airport as well that evening. EMC -> Katie I'm interested in the weekend MBA program. I intend to enroll for Fall 2013, at which point I'll have 2 1/2 years of professional experience. Will this be considered in my application? Currently, I have a year of experience and I'm afraid that will hurt my application. Any advice? Thoughts? Katie -> EMC EMC - Happy to hear you are interested in the Weekend MBA! We recommend people apply to Booth whenever they are ready. It will not hurt your application that you have less than the average years of work experience if you have a solid academic background and GMAT scores. It sounds like you have put a lot of thought into this decision if you are already preparing to apply. I say go for it! Jrizek -> George How much weight does work experience play in the admissions process? George -> Jrizek As with all answers, it depends. If you have a low GMAT score, low GPA score, bad essays, bad interview, then you better have the best work experience in the world or you will not get in (using a extreme case for point). Most people have some of those levers that are good for them and other that are not. You just need to know on which levers you are going to focus for your application. If work experience is strong for you then point that out and focus on that. If it is light, then focus on your assets, such as undergrad grades, GMAT or providing a strong interview. Helpful? Lukasz -> Kara Are essays judged on content and fit with Booth or are they analyzed with a fine tooth comb for grammar, sentence structure, etc.? Kara -> Lukasz We look at all aspects of the essays, content, grammar, etc. It is important that you answer the question and tell your story in a logical manner. Essays are one way we get to know about you and why you are pursuing your MBA at Booth. Anar -> George Does the official GRE score report need to arrive at your office before the application deadline? George -> Anar No, you can self report it to us and we will verify it later! Tarun -> Gretchen If a candidate has a strong GPA in a quantitative/ Business major? Does it offset an average GMAT? Gretchen -> Tarun Tarun, both the GPA and the GMAT are considered. Yes, it is helpful to see that quantitative classes have been taken. You can always take the GMAT test more than one time if you think you can increase your score. Rollo -> Beth I've been on the website trying to find out when the next session start and I can't find it, can you tell me when the next session starts Beth -> Rollo Rollo, the Spring quarter begins in late March, however the application has closed. If you are looking to start soon, you are more than welcome to apply to the Summer quarter, with a deadline of April 6 and a start date of June 18. You can see all of the open applications, their deadlines, and the quarter start dates at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/index.aspx. There is a table at the bottom of the page. Eric_P -> Humberto How do you match interviewees with interviewers? Humberto -> Eric_P Good question, Eric. We operate on a "blind" interview process. This means that you are randomly assigned to an interviewer when you arrive on the day of your interview, and that person will not have seen your application prior to the interview. All they will know about you is what is listed on your one-page resume that you submit when you arrive. We find this is a great way to get unbiased feedback for each applicant! Tarun -> Beth Can i submit more than 2 recommendations? Will you consider and read more than 2? Beth -> Tarun Tarun, yes you are welcome to submit more than two letters of recommendation. We do ask your third recommender bring a different perspective than your other letters. Moderator -> Everyone We are halfway through the chat and have received great questions so far. Please continue to submit your questions and we will try to answer all of them! Christine -> Beth Even though the deadline for the P/T MBA is June 28, I would just like to clarify if we get our application in earlier, that we will know a decision in 4-6 weeks after submission? Beth -> Christine Christine, yes! Regardless of when you apply, you will have a decision from our office within 4-6 weeks. If you need a decision sooner, please let us know and our office will do our best to accommodate. Tarun -> Humberto How is the student life for weekend program? If I commute would i miss out on networking activities. such as student clubs... Humberto -> Tarun Thanks for the question, Tarun. Most of our student group and Career Services programming is offered on Saturdays, so our Weekend MBA students can take advantage of a majority of extracurricular offerings at Booth. Susan -> Beth How early can the letters of recommendations be submitted - prior to completion of the rest of the application? I want to give my recommendors plenty of time to respond - is it OK if their letters arrive before the rest of my application? Beth -> Susan Susan, yes. You can send out your recommender requests now, if you would like. Dinesh -> Beth Hi I have done my bachelors and masters in india. I am in USA working for last 12 years. I have given my GMAT already. Do I need to give TOFEL too? Beth -> Dinesh Dinesh, you do not need to submit a TOEFL score. We look forward to receiving your application! Richard -> Katie Hello, my name is Richard. I have a question for Joint Degrees program. Should I apply Joint Degree program together with part-time MBA program? Do I need write separate essays for this Joint Degree program? Katie -> Richard Richard - We allow Evening MBA or Weekend MBA students to pursue joint degrees. You apply to both schools separately, there is not a joint degree application. I recommend setting up a meeting with the other U of C program to learn what requirements they have for joint degree seekers. You can read more here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/academics/jointdual/index.aspx Christine -> Beth If a student applies to the Fall 2012 semester, but gets accepted before the deadline of the Summer 2012 semester, can the student start a semester earlier? Beth -> Christine Christine, our office is more than welcome to discuss your options, should you want to pursue an earlier start date. Dave -> Gretchen I serve on the admissions committee at my institution and find that recommendations from family friends without a professional relationship to the applicant are not helpful. Are there similar "don't do" suggestions that you could share? Gretchen -> Dave Dave, that is great that you are on the admissions committee for your school. I would agree that a letter from a family member or friend is not as helpful to the Admissions Committee. A "Do" for the application process is to visit a Chicago Booth Class, before you apply if possible. http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/visiting.aspx Dave -> Kara For students who are not from Chicago but would like to develop relationships, say with non-profits in a certain area, can Booth help facilitate those interactions? Kara -> Dave Dave, yes, Booth has a lot of contacts in the non profit world. We host an annual not for profit fair at which dozens of non profits come to Gleacher to connect with part time students. We also have a student group, Local Optima, who offers pro bono consulting for local non profits. In additional to all of that, we have many alumni that work for and are involved with non profit organizations. For example, a Part Time MBA alumni is currently CEO of the Cara Program here in Chicago. Check it out online to learn more, as it is a great organization. Eric_P -> George I think my first question wasn't very clear. I was trying to understand what you are looking for when trying to pick a diverse student body. Do you want diversity within a class? Are you trying to look at Booth as a whole with all enrolled students and balance the program that way? Do you want a greater portion of students from private vs. public vs. non-profit companies etc.? George -> Eric_P Eric, I am sure you were clear and my answer was not. Yes, diversity in the classroom is one of the things we strive for most, but what I was trying to show, although I did so poorly, is that the reason diversity is important is not because we want a white male, black female, Indian engineer and Asian sales person in the classroom, these are just proxies for what we are trying to achieve and that is diversity of thought. In fact, there could be two Indian males, who provide diversity if they think totally different, but because that is so hard to measure, schools us standards metrics of diversity because it is easy to measure and show. So we too, do the same. If you sit in a class you will see that it is a melting pot of color, background, jobs, industries, public vs. private.Does that help? Jin_Hwan_Kim -> Gretchen I took the gmat twice, both of which resulted in the same percentile range. The first exam however, i scored lower on the verbal vs. the math, and the second exam, i got both exams about the same. which exam should i submit? Gretchen -> Jin_Hwan_Kim Jin_Hwan_Kim: Submit the test with the highest total score, and if the score is the same, submit the test with the highest quantitative score. Booth will also be able to see all of your test if you released them both to Chicago Booth. aveal -> Humberto Would it be possible to structure a course load around social enterprise? Also, do all electives need to be within the business school, or can a few be taken in other departments? Humberto -> aveal Great questions. At Booth, we focus our coursework on business fundamentals, not necessarily industries and functions. As such, the education you receive at Booth will prepare you to be successful in any professional venture, including social enterprise. At Booth, you will take eleven elective courses in order to graduate, up to six of which can be taken outside of Booth in other schools or departments at the University of Chicago. aveal -> Beth Is there a cap on the number of electives that can be taken in the Law school? Beth -> aveal aveal, Booth students can take up to 6 electives outside of the Booth school. If you would like, you can take all 6 of your electives in the law school. Please note the law school classes typically meet during the day and you will want to factor this in. Vishy -> Kara Do wkend students have access to student groups at Booth to develop our skills? Kara -> Vishy Vishy, absolutely! We have 37 part time student groups for you to get involved with. There are professional, athletic and social groups. In addition, Career Services offer many skill building seminars that focus on career development. The community at Booth is very active and a great way to enhance your MBA experience. Vee -> Gretchen Thank you everyone and thanks to Beth for her answer to bmathew's question. When it comes to part time program, does Booth have round 1/2/3 for applications. If so, is applying at Round 1 increase the chances than applying at Round 3. Thanks. Gretchen -> Vee Vee: The Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs are on rolling admissions, which means that you can apply at any time between when the application is published (roughly nine month before the deadline) and the final deadline. We encourage you to apply when you are ready. Be sure to join us at an Information Session and a Class Visit before you apply. Vee -> Gretchen Hello, How much does the country of citizenship of an applicant weigh in on admissions. Thanks. Gretchen -> Vee Vee: the country of citizenship is just one more piece of you.....share all. Jin_Hwan_Kim -> Beth I am looking to submit my application by end of January. The next opening that Booth offers and my availability is the March 4th open house. I would like to attend on March 4th, but would the Admissions Committee take that into account or by then, would the decision have been made already? Beth -> Jin_Hwan_Kim Jin, our office typically takes 4-6 weeks to make a decision. Given this, it is possible you would have an admissions decision before you could attend our info session. Abhijit -> George Thank you - what are the business development opportunities available to weekend MBA students who have their own company or are planning to start one during their MBA George -> Abhijit Outstanding! You can take your business into New Venture Strategy, Building the New Venture and then take your business into the New Venture Challenge with the opportunity to have your business funded. We were ranked #2 for entrepreneurship, behind Babson. Our students raised more money that any other school for businesses started last year at Booth at over 100,000 million. bmathew -> Katie what makes a great 'Letters of Recommendation' from the admissions perspective? Katie -> bmathew bmathew - Letters of recommendation should be written by people who know you well, not the CEO just for the sake of having a letter from the CEO. These people should know you professionally as well. You should also share concrete reasons why you want an MBA with the recommenders. Burli -> Beth I am currently working in US on H1B. If my visa expaires before i complete my part time MBA. will i be able to take student visa and continue my MBA course? Beth -> Burli Burli, while our office does not issue student visas, we would work with you to explore options of keeping you enrolled in the program. Tarun -> Kara Do part time students have the same access to chicago alumni and Career services as the full time students? Kara -> Tarun Tarun, yes, the access is the same, which is a big advantage of going to Booth. As soon as you begin the program, you get access to Booth's community directory, which gives you access to all of Booth's alumni and students. Regarding career services, you have the same access. However, if your company is funding some or all of your MBA you will need their written permission to participate in on campus recruiting process (OCR). OCR is just one of many programs available to you as you look to advance your career. aveal -> George Do many small business owners apply to the program, with the ambition to expand their business? Or is it mainly people who are working at corporations and moving up the ladder? George -> aveal Aveal, many, many. Because our entrepreneurship program is one of the best in the country we get many students who enter with the plan to start a business. During many of our classes you have the chance to join a team who either has an idea already that they want to develop, or to bring your idea in the class and have others who are interested join you. In fact, there are some classes where you can even be the only student and the rest of the people can be outside individuals who you are working with. This is the place to be if you have a desire to start of expand your business. MBAprospect -> Humberto If a candidate has a below par performance on his/her undergraduate transcript - would it be beneficial for them to take a single class at Booth prior to applying for the part-time program? Would it increase their chances of being accepted upon performing well? Humberto -> MBAprospect Good question. Applicants can "compensate" for any perceived deficiency in their application by strengthening their application in a myriad of other ways. It's important to focus on the aspects of the application that you can impact at this point, including the GMAT, letters of recommendation, essays, the interview, and, as you mentioned, taking Booth classes. The Graduate Student-at-Large program through the Graham School allows you to take Booth courses with Booth students and faculty and apply up to three of those courses to your Booth degree, if you matriculate into the program. Here's some more information about the GSAL program https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/php/gsal/courses-business.php. If applicants perform well in their GSAL courses, it is certainly beneficial to their application. Tarun -> Beth Do i schedule the interview? or once my application is submitted. I am called for an interview? Beth -> Tarun Tarun, once you submit your application, our office will contact you to schedule your admissions interview. All applicants interview for our program. Lukasz -> Gretchen Does Booth create an environment focused on team building and working with others or competition between students?/td> Gretchen -> Lukasz Lukasz: It is often said that at Chicago Booth, people collaborate and ideas compete...meaning students work together to get to the very best idea. The diversity of courses offered at Booth is extremely high-over 150 options. You can choose classes that are very team and group worked focused. We also have an on-line tool that allows you to review each course's teaching style and method before you sign up for a class. At LAUNCH, which is the beginning orientation, you will also be part of a cohort. RoyH -> Beth Hi I am studying computer science in university of Chicago. Is there a joint program between CS and MBA? Beth -> RoyH Roy, while several classes may overlap, we do not currently offer a joint degree program between computer science and the MBA program. Vishy -> Beth Do you use the same method as mba.com to convert the undergraduate score in a non GPA scale to a GPA scale? Beth -> Vishy Vishy, we review your transcripts based on your institution's scale. Please be sure to include your degree certificates with your mark sheets. Alex -> Gretchen How much of an emphasis is placed on cohort learning in the part time program? Gretchen -> Alex Alex: At LAUNCH, which is the beginning orientation, you will be part of a cohort. The cohort experience continues in a social way as much as you choose. The benefit of Chicago Booth is that you get to choose what courses you want to take. Burli -> Kara What is the typical percent of an IT employees getting in to Chicago Booth. each year? Kara -> Burli Burli, this can vary from quarter to quarter. We do have a large number of IT professionals at Booth looking to advance their career into other ares such as general management. Since we do not have quotas we need to reach for each class, we do not focus too much on having too many or too few students from any given industry Moderator -> Everyone Our chat will end in about 10 minutes. Please submit your final questions. gideon -> Gretchen How long does the overall acceptance process take for the evening/weekend program from the date I submit my application? gideon -> Gretchen Gideon: Hello. Within 4-6 weeks from when you submit the application you will hear from the Admissions Committee. Your interview will take place at Gleacher after you have submitted the application. Ben -> Beth George answered my previous question and mentioned that I could take Booth classes through the Graham School of Continuing education to help improve my candidacy. I live in Southern California at the moment, do you offer certificate programs at the Graham School of Continuing education online? Beth -> Ben Ben, the Graham School (and actually all programs at The University of Chicago) do not offer online courses. All classes meet in person, here in Chicago. Anar -> Katie Do W/E students have an opportunity to join student clubs? Katie -> Anar Anar - Absolutely! We have 37 groups that are student run and student led by our Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students. These include social groups (e.g. wine club), sports groups (e.g. ski and snowboard club), special interest (e.g. Graduate Women in Business) and professional (e.g. consulting, marketing, and private equity and venture capital). Rollo -> Humberto Are the classes already set up in order for you to take or are you given a list of classes and you take them in any order you choose? Humberto -> Rollo Good question, Rollo. Booth students are not cohorted into required courses during their program. There are foundational courses that we encourage students to take near the beginning of their program, but the flexibility of the program allows students to take the classes they want when they want to take them. Some of the advanced classes have prerequisite courses, but all of that information is outlined in the curriculum and course descriptions for our students. Alex1 -> George Is taking Booth courses through GSAL a benefit in the admissions process? George -> Alex1 If you get a B+ or better it sends a good signal. It is not mandatory, but we consider it if you do well. Comet -> Gretchen I have a question on GMAT...When you look at the GMAT score, if there are more than one, do you take an average or pick the highest or pick the most recent? I took the exam last year and scored 710 and am considering retaking it so please advise, thank you very much! Gretchen -> Comet Comet: 710 is an excellent GMAT score and a score that is above our average for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Program. We take the highest total overall score. Matthew_Packer -> Humberto Where are the interviews held and what is the expected attire? Humberto -> Matthew_Packer Thanks for the question, Matthew. Interviews are held at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago, and we expect applicants to arrive in formal business attire. Alex1 -> Gretchen Assuming I have all my admissions documents in order, and that I am not overly concerned with starting the program ASAP, is there any benefit to applying for a later start date (ie Spring 2013 instead of Fall 2012)? Gretchen -> Alex1 Alex1: We encourage you to apply when your application ready and if that is for 2012 Fall Quarter, great....we will look for your application. Tarun -> Kara How many student get admitted to Weekend program every year. Is there a fixed number or does the class size fluctuate? Kara -> Tarun Tarun, we matriculate around 110 Weekend MBA students each fall. However, we are flexible on the number and we can bring in more or less depending on the strength of the applicant pool. Tarun -> Beth My post graduate experience is 7 yrs. But I worked full time as an undergraduate for 2 yrs. Should i count the 2 yrs towards my experience Beth -> Tarun Tarun, we ask for your work experience since undergraduate. You are more than welcome to mention this on your application. Ron -> Katie Can you change employer during your MBA? Does it affect my program? Katie -> Ron Ron - Yes, you are welcome to change employers and many of our students find new opportunities while they are students. It does not impact your program unless you want it to, you can slow down or speed up if that is the case. xyz -> Gretchen If I am self sponsoring my MBA, do I stiil need a signed waiver from my employer to attend on campus recruiting? Gretchen -> xyz xyz: No you would not need a signed waiver from your company. aveal -> George For an applicant with a humanities and arts undergrad and previous graduate school background (i.e. no business or math classes on transcripts), does admissions look down on that? Would taking a couple of community college level math courses BEFORE applying to Booth help the applicant's chances? George -> aveal No. In fact recruiters tell us that they really like students with a liberal arts background coupled with an MBA. The liberal arts background teaches you how to think and the MBA provides you the business acumen and language needed to be successful. Also, we can determine your math aptitude using your GMAT. The only way I would take the community college classes is if you wanted to use them as preparation for the GMAT. Not needed for us. Vishy -> Beth Is the interview invitation sent after an initial review of the application? Or, Is it the case that every applicant who submits an application interviewed? Beth -> Vishy Vishy, once you submit your application, our office will reach out to you to schedule your admissions interview. Your interview will be conducted while your application is being reviewed. The entire decision process takes 4-6 weeks. Tarun -> Humberto What are the different electives that are available for Weekend MBA students? Humberto -> Tarun Thanks for resubmitting your question, Tarun. Here is the answer I posted earlier in the chat: Weekend MBA students have the same curricular requirements as the Full-Time and Evening students. Therefore, elective courses are offered across all three programs over the course of time. You can get a better idea of the types of courses offered at Booth in all MBA programs via our online course search website http://boothportal.chicagobooth.edu/portal/server.pt/community/course_search/205. Comet -> Katie Hello, I'm thinking of applying to the weekend MBA and found you have two deadlines, is there any advantage applying in the "early decision" round vs later? Katie -> Comet The advantage to applying early is the extra time you have to plan professionally and personally. There is not an admissions advantage, but you will likely get a decision sooner. aveal -> Beth Does Booth offer any grants to part-time students, or really none at all? Beth -> aveal aveal, Currently Booth does not offer grants to part-time students. You can read more about our financial aid options online at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/financialaid.aspx Comet -> Kara I currently work in Chicago area and am very much neutral in choosing between evening and weekend programs. Let's say, for example, I apply to the evening program will I be eligible to select a few classes on saturdays or if I apply to weekend program then select some on weekday nights? Kara -> Comet Comet, absolutely! Our curriculum is extremely flexible. As an Evening MBA student you will have priority registration over week night classes. However, you are more than welcome to resister for Saturday classes. Most classes at Booth do not get full, so there are often open seats allowing student to take classes across programs. You also have the option to transfer from the Evening MBA into the Weekend MBA if you decide you prefer Saturday classes. Catherine -> Beth What is the average GMAT score for the Evening and Weekend MBA program? Beth -> Catherine Catherine, the average GMAT for the Evening program is 680 and the average for the Weekend program is 700. We have an admitted student range of 550-800. Matthew_Packer -> Humberto Does it affect your application if you attend an open house? Humberto -> Matthew_Packer Matthew, attending any of our admissions events will not directly impact the status of your application. However, the events are designed to give applicants more exposure to the programs and more information about the application process. Therefore, I would strongly encourage you to spend some time with us here at the Gleacher Center. It's the best way to learn about our programs first-hand! Ron -> Katie Is it possible to start with Weekend program and later switch to weekday program? Katie -> Ron Ron - You can transfer between the Evening and Weekend programs once, but you are not able to transfer to Full-Time. That being said, as an Evening or Weekend student you can increase your course load to a 4 or even 5 courses so there is no need to transfer. Dave -> George Is it common for Booth students to volunteer in, or spend time trying to understand, the more disadvantaged areas of Chicago? Do you think there would be opportunities for Weekend students to engage in such efforts? George -> Dave yes. during LAUNCH we ask students to put together a recommended project and then the class works on it the following quarter. These often involve working with the underprivileged. Also, we have a very active philanthropic group that works with the community that would love your involvement. Lastly, we are also in the process of putting together a world wide Booth day where we are going to ask students and alumni around the world to volunteer for the day (more to come on that!) Siva -> Beth I am an international student working here for the last 2 years with over all 13 years of Industry experience, DO I need to go through the GMAT , IELTS screening for Evening or week end MBA program, Is there any waiver for these. Basically My time is limited which may not be suitable for this lengthy process Beth -> Siva Siva, we do not have a waiver process for admissions tests. You do not need to take the TOEFL/IELTS if you a) are a US citizen/permanent resident, b) have 2+ years of full time work experience in United States, or c) you have earned a degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English. If you meet any of those requirements, you do not need to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores. aveal -> Humberto Can an accepted student defer admission by a quarter?? Humberto -> aveal Yes, a student can defer admission by one quarter. However, we always encourage applicants to apply to the program and quarter in which they intend to start at Booth. Since we're on a rolling admissions basis, you will get your admissions decision within four to six weeks from when you submit your application, regardless of when you do during the application cycle. Abhijit -> Katie Dings are part of application process, Booth is a dream school for me. In case I do not receive admission this year, would I get some feedback on my application so that I can work on improving those aspects of application and re-submit next year? Katie -> Abhijit Abhijit, we do not provide deny feedback, but we can discuss areas that you may be able to improve. Moderator -> Everyone We are answering the last couple of questions, please stay on for a few more minutes. Thank you! George -> Everyone jarizek, As with all answers, it depends. If you have a low GMAT score, low GPA score, bad essays, bad interview, then you better have the best work experience in the world or you will not get in (using a extreme case for point). Most people have some of those levers that are good for them and other that are not. You just need to know on which levers you are going to focus for your application. If work experience is strong for you then point that out and focus on that. If it is light, then focus on your assets, such as undergrad grades, GMAT or providing a strong interview. Helpful? bmathew -> Katie Is there an advantage to submitting our part-time MBA application earlier? ie. does it become more competitive the longer we wait to submit our application (or conversely, is it 'easier' to get in if we submit our application early?). thanks Katie -> bmathew bmathew - Yes, you get an answer earlier which gives you more time to apply as we are on rolling admissions. It is equally competitive whenever you submit. Alex1 -> Katie Assuming I have all my admissions documents in order, and that I am not overly concerned with starting the program ASAP, is there any benefit to applying for a later start date (ie Spring 2013 instead of Fall 2012)? Katie -> Alex1 Alex1 - We want you to apply to the quarter that works best for you. There is no admissions advantage though.
It was great chatting with you all today. I realize the application process can seem daunting, but I promise it is worth it! We are all here to help you through the process. I encourage you to apply soon so you can get started with your MBA!
Katie -> Everyone Thanks for joining us today! Please come to our next Information Session, Friday, February 3rd at 6:30pm. Register here: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/events/openhouses.aspx Kara -> Everyone It was great chatting with you all today. I realize the application process can seem daunting, but I promise it is worth it! We are all here to help you through the process. I encourage you to apply soon so you can get started with your MBA! Gretchen -> Everyone Thanks for being part of the chat. See you at the Information Session on 2/3. Make applying to Booth your goal. Beth -> Everyone Thank you for joining us today! I hope you got all of your questions answered. We look forward to receiving your application. George -> Everyone Wow, that was the fastest hour! Great group of questions. GRE seemed to be a hot topic. We accept them and we hope that you will apply for our February 10th weekend deadline or our April 6th summer deadline! Please stop by the office and meet us when you are here! Humberto -> Everyone Thanks to everyone for joining us today. There were definitely some great questions out there! I would encourage you to come spend some time with us at Gleacher by both attending an event http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/events/ and visiting a class http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/admissions/visiting.aspx. We hope to see you soon! Moderator -> Everyone Thank you all for participating in our live chat today. The chat has now ended. Transcripts will be posted on Monday, January 30. Chat transcripts can be found at http://www.chicagobooth.edu/parttime/chat/index.aspx